We Do It Together, a nonprofit production company, has announced the short-film omnibus “Together Now” as its inaugural feature. Each segment will be directed by and starring a woman, with Robin Wright, Catherine Hardwicke, Katia Lund, Patricia Riggen, Haifaa Al Mansour, Malgorzata Szumowska and Melina Matsoukas slated to direct. Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche, meanwhile, have been confirmed as the first two actresses.
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Female empowerment will serve as the overarching theme of the project, with each individual segment being shot in a different country. Carol Polakeff, Shelby Stone and Chiara Tilesi are producing “Together Now,” which begins shooting this July. WDIT in general and this film in particular are aimed toward closing the gender gap and achieving at least a semblance of parity — male filmmakers outnumber their female counterparts in Hollywood by 9-to-1.
“We are not here to take down the studio system; it’s a fool’s errand,” said Polakeff. “If there’s affirmative action in terms of insisting that there are 52% of women in jobs or films, I don’t think that’s the answer. You have to create a new model.”
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